Together with President Clinton's decision to place trade above human rights in China, these actions by the Philippines government represent another surrender before economic power. They bode ill for the future of the Asia-Pacific region as the idol of the market is placed above international pressure against human rights violations. The post-Cold War emphasis in the North on human rights and democracy is simply not credible in the face of such blatant appeasement of major human rights violators such as Indonesia and China.
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